For the Record
In a Times editorial published July 31, it was stated that a conditional sentence is commonly handed down by the courts for a conviction of viewing and/or distributing child pornography. In fact, the Criminal Code of Canada prohibits conditional sentences for convictions involving offences for which there is a minimum sentence. Since 2005, the Criminal Code has set minimum prison sentences for accessing and distributing child pornography. The Times apologizes for the error. Furthermore, the editorial did not intend to suggest that government directly influences the judiciary.